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    Business Aviation Flight Operations in Qatar

    triangle | By Just Aviation Team

    Qatar’s business aviation sector has experienced remarkable growth, mirroring the nation’s expanding economy and advantageous geographical position. In February 2024, the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority reported a substantial 30.1% increase in aircraft movement compared to the previous year, tallying 22,736 flight movements. Concurrently, passenger numbers surged by 34.9%, surpassing 4 million travelers passing through Qatar during the same month. Furthermore, air cargo and mail volumes saw a notable uptick of 15.4%, with 198,639 tonnes transported. Notably, Qatar’s aviation industry demonstrates a steadfast commitment to environmental sustainability, earning the distinction of being the first in the Middle East to achieve the highest level of IATA’s Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program. Adding to its accolades, Hamad International Airport clinched the title of ‘World’s Best Airport’ in both 2021 and 2022, while securing the second position globally in 2023. Leveraging its strategic location within the global aviation network, Qatar solidifies its status as a major aviation hub, amplifying its economic impact. The following airports serve Qatar for both domestic and international purposes, catering particularly to business operations:


    • Hamad International Airport (IATA: DOH, ICAO: OTHH)
    • Doha International Airport (IATA: DIA, ICAO: OTBD)
    • Al Khor Airport (ICAO: OTBK)

    Hamad International Airport (IATA: DOH, ICAO: OTHH)

    Hamad International Airport boasts two parallel runways, with Runway 16R/34L spanning 4,250 meters and Runway 16L/34R stretching to an impressive 4,850 meters, marking it as the longest runway in Western Asia. The airport’s single terminal building is segmented into three concourses labeled A, B, and C, with accommodations designed to facilitate various types of flights, including business aviation. Notably, the airport prides itself on its cutting-edge technology and operational sophistication, featuring a consolidated operations center, anti-drone systems, FOD (Foreign Object Debris) detection solutions, and state-of-the-art checkpoint screening lanes. Moreover, a robust fiber-optic backbone system and high-resolution LCD monitors are integrated to optimize air traffic control. For the convenience and comfort of business travelers, Hamad International Airport offers an array of passenger facilities, including exclusive lounges tailored to business class passengers. These amenities encompass spas, fitness areas, gourmet restaurants, and fully-equipped business centers, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience for discerning business travelers.


    Doha International Airport (IATA: DIA, ICAO: OTBD)

    Doha International Airport features a primary runway, identified as 15/33, measuring 4,569 meters (14,993 feet) in length and constructed to accommodate a wide range of aircraft. Unlike some airports, Doha International does not allocate terminals based on flight type, but it is fully equipped to cater to the needs of business aviation. The airport’s operational capabilities encompass essential services vital for aircraft handling, including fueling, maintenance, and ground support, while boasting an RFF/ARFF (Rescue and Fire Fighting/Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting) service capability categorized at Category 9, extendable to Category 10 upon request, signifying robust fire and rescue services. Moreover, the airport prioritizes passenger comfort and convenience, offering tailored amenities for business aviation travelers. These amenities include exclusive VIP lounges, well-appointed conference rooms, and restrooms equipped with showers, all meticulously designed to provide a seamless and efficient experience.

    Slot Request Procedures for Qatar’s International Airports

    To request slots at Hamad International Airport (DOH) and Doha International Airport (DIA), operators must adhere to a specific process outlined below:


    1. Slot Booking Deposit: Operators are required to complete a Slot Booking Deposit form and submit it to the designated email addresses provided by the airport authorities.
    2. Ground Handling Clearance Number: Operators should liaise with the Ground Handling department, providing their schedule, operation details, aircraft information, and other pertinent data.
    3. Slot Clearance: Operators need to seek slot clearance by reaching out to Qatar Slot Coordination via the provided email addresses, adhering to the SCR/GCR format standards.


    It’s essential to note that the slot booking deposit does not guarantee immediate clearance of slot requests. Deposits will be refunded post-flight operation based on confirmed slots or in case of cancellation compliant with local slot coordination rules. For comprehensive guidelines and the application process, operators should consult official documents provided by the Qatar Slot Coordination Organization. It’s advisable to review these documents alongside the Just Aviation Team who will arrange with the relevant authority for your Slot Coordination Local Rule and for detailed instructions.

    Overflight Permits for Qatar’s Flight Operations

    When scheduling international flights over Qatar, strict adherence to Qatar’s civil aviation regulations is imperative. These regulations closely mirror the Standards and Recommended Practices outlined in Annex 9 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. For aircraft entering or departing Qatar, the initial landing or final departure must take place at an international aerodrome specified in the Qatar AIP (Aeronautical Information Publication) on pages AD-1.3, AD-2.OTBD, and AD-2.OTHH.


    Furthermore, all carriers and aircraft operators are required to maintain comprehensive insurance coverage for passengers, baggage, cargo, and third parties. This insurance must comply with Qatar Civil Aviation Law No. 15 of 2002 (as amended) and meet or exceed internationally recognized standards. Approval from Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority is also necessary to ensure the safety and security of all parties involved in aviation operations. When applying for flight permits in Qatar, you may need to provide the following information and documents:

    • Flight schedule
    • Entry/Exit points with ATC route
    • All passenger details
    • Consignee and consignor details (for cargo flights)
    • Aircraft documents, including:
      • Air Operating Certificate (AOC)
      • Certificate of Airworthiness (COA)
      • Insurance Certificate
      • Noise Certificate
      • Registration Certificate

    Landing Permits for Qatar’s Flight Operations

    Operators intending to conduct non-scheduled flights into Qatar for passenger, cargo, or mail transport must secure prior landing/overflying permission from the QCAA. Applications for such flights should be submitted at least seventy-two (72) hours before the planned flight. The application should contain detailed information, including the operator’s name, aircraft type and registration, arrival and departure times at Doha International/Hamad International airport, embarkation/disembarkation points, purpose of flight, passenger or freight details, and a letter from the local receiving party/charterer if applicable. Additionally, operators must ensure that certificates of Registration, Airworthiness, Air Operator’s Certificate, Insurance, Radio Station License, and Noise Certificate remain valid and are carried on board the aircraft at all times.

    Ground Handling Operations at Qatar’s International Airports

    In the realm of airport operations, both Hamad International Airport (DOH) and Doha International Airport (DIA) stand out for their commitment with Just Aviation to excellence and innovation. Hamad International Airport boasts IATA’s Environmental Assessment Programme certification, ensuring a sustainable approach to ground and cargo handling operations, alongside comprehensive maintenance of equipment. Just Aviation’s services extend beyond environmental management to encompass a wide range of ground support, from aircraft handling to engineering services. Moreover, the airport excels in fuel management, providing JET A-1 fuel with a focus on procurement, storage, distribution, and environmental sustainability.


    On the other hand, Doha International Airport showcases exemplary maintenance standards certified in ISAGO, ISO 9001, and RA3 (Regulated Agent), coupled with active involvement in the IATA Ground Handling Partnership. Their ground services team ensures seamless baggage and cargo handling, as well as efficient passenger and crew boarding operations. The Just Aviation Team at DIA Airport demonstrates a strong commitment to innovation through the integration of Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene into our aircraft fuel supply. This initiative highlights our unwavering dedication to leading-edge and eco-friendly fuel management practices. Ultimately, both airports maintain stringent standards and are consistently at the forefront of advancing operational excellence.


    Just Aviation is committed to delivering exceptional flight support for business aviation operations in Qatar. Our collaboration with flight and cabin crew, coupled with our ground handling team’s expertise, ensures a seamless experience. Through our global network of FBOs and Ground Handling Service providers, we provide unparalleled service quality in one of the world’s most dynamic aviation markets.



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